The Neighbors

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Having a Creative Gallery space in the Downtown Pomona Arts Colony is sometimes surreal. To the naked eye, the neighborhood is remembered more for it’s history than it’s present. But beneath the surface lies a vibrant community of artists that’s influence reaches far beyond even Los Angeles. Here are few of the people we call neighbors.

20120826-mcsupernatural-595x-1346001985Reco Price, better known by his stage name Supernatural (aka Super Nat or MC Supernatural) is a gifted lyrical artist, best known for his “on-the-spot” freestyle and battle rap abilities. He has been a regular performer and host of the Rock the Bells Music Festival since its beginning in 2004. He recently began painting and we have been talks for an upcoming art show in the LOFT.

Screen Shot 2015-07-03 at 7.23.46 AMPro, a talented renaissance man, is the manager at IE Photo Rentals. But when he’s not at the shop, he is also a Real Estate Investor, Partner at MHQ Studios, web designer and a talented writer/musician. Watch his music video.

thomas-pathe-imageThomas Pathé is an artist. His paintings strike an electric balance between the technological and the sublime. He is known for his color work and is intended to be both strong and seductive, communicating on a gut level with the observer. Layers of paint and varnish unite with their sculpted surfaces to present color as a physical experience.

Screen Shot 2015-07-03 at 7.26.01 AMKen Barrientos aka KenBts. is a producer/engineer/sound-designer who’s local loft/recording studio is nothing short of astounding. Full of analog synthesizers, an organ, upright piano, a vintage Moog, and obscure recording devices. He’s a gifted musician who’s known for creating a landscape of mood heightening beats.

Screen Shot 2015-07-03 at 7.27.15 AMFor over two decades, Gabe Real has prevailed as one of Southern California’s top DJ’s. Gabe has rocked countless dance floors with every kind of music possible, focusing on Reggae, Funk, Old School, and Hip Hop. With the experience of DJing at big concerts like Coachella, to small Dinner parties, he knows how to keep the vibe right, and the party going. Gabe also spent several years on College Radio, owned a Record Store, and now operates a Recording Studio in his loft.

Screen Shot 2015-07-03 at 7.29.14 AMPaul Nguyen is an amazing tattoo artist who also paints, sketches and and does wood burning. Working at the infamous Shamrock Social Club for years, his cliental began sending him world-wide to create everything from full body tattoos to small intricate pieces. He is also owner of the gallery, 11th Door Studio, hidden away in a Downtown Pomona alley.

verge-wJoseph Todorovitch is a contemporary painter who looks to the past for clues about the future of painting.  His work is primarily figural and aims to create a visual field of atmosphere, space, and light, occasionally evoking subtle narratives within the viewers.  He’s working to create paintings that draw viewers in and hold them by providing technical interest that makes it difficult to stop investigating. His studio is located in the Downtown Pomona’s Progress Building and he holds small Figurative Painting Workshops throughout the year.

19447993Raised and bred in Detroit, Michigan, Ta’Raach, takes his music seriously. Never compromising and always innovating, this veteran (a decade and some change in the game) is a triple threat with lyrics, beats and vocals. Ta’Raach has worked with a host of notables inside and out of Motor City between Dwele to J Dilla, Carl Craig to Elzhi (of Slum Village), Waajeed to Amp Fiddler. Nowadays, in between showcasing his talent behind the decks, making beats and dropping lyrics for the likes of Platinum Pied Pipers, Dabrye, As One (Kirk Degiorgio), and Exile. He lives and creates in the Progress building in Downtown Pomona.

Screen Shot 2015-07-03 at 7.19.19 AMTrellis Evans (AKA Travis), is a fashion photographer and owner of EvansEyePhotography. Working with agency models, he is quickly becoming an emerging light in the fashion and editorial photography scene. Complete with a cyclorama seamless cove wall, his studio, located across the street from the LOFT, is always full of models, eager to be shot by Trellis.

Screen Shot 2015-07-03 at 7.32.08 AMAndrew Manley, photographer and owner of IE Photo Rentals and Wanderwall (across the street form the LOFT), is a extraordinary entrepreneur. You’ll see him buffing out one of his cars (Honda s2000, Acura NSX, Porsche 964) on sunny days in front of the shop. He’s the guy to ask if you want to want to get the down low on new photography hardware or learn new shooting techniques.

Screen Shot 2015-07-03 at 7.35.30 AMMaria Ongpauco is the owner of Vintage Renewals shop and gallery. Coming from FIDM, she has a unique sense of style and design. She crafts her unique clothing and accessories from reclaimed fabrics and blends them with vintage fashion from the 80s and 90s. Check out her loft during the next Art Walk.

Screen Shot 2015-07-03 at 7.20.49 AMAntonio Mejia is the owner of Smoking Mirrors gallery (next door to the LOFT), resident tattoo artist at famed Good Time Charlie’s Tattooland and gifted painter. Featured in Eric Schwartz’s recent film Tattoo Nation, Antonio has played a major part in tattoo culture. Known for his hand drawn Chicano-style tattooing, Antonio’s flow of work has sparked interest in many artists and collectors worldwide.

mia karterMia Karter is a conquering real estate agent and an amazing vocalist. Known recently for her Amy Winehouse tribute show, her and her band (Mia Karter and the Hits) takes charge of the stage. She is a multifaceted entertainer artist with extensive film, television and voiceover credits. Returning to the studio, she has collaborated with an array of incredible producers and musicians for a new project, “Poison”. It’s a hip-hop/pop/jazz hybrid, with the debut single “Sweet Poison” dropping this year.

There are so many more amazing creatives in our neighborhood. We thought we would share just a few. Take the time to look past the old buildings, vacant lots, and nightclubs and you will find an active Arts Colony that is sure to leave you breathless.

Remembering Robert Morgan

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Seasoned Artist, Robert Morgan, passed away this week and will be dearly missed. We are grateful for the opportunity to have been part of his story. Our condolences go out to his family.

Today we take a moment to pause and remember him. In March of 2013, LOFTon2nd was honored to host seasoned artist, Robert Morgan, 83 year old at the time, Australian painter and graphic artist, for a retrospective art show titled, “The Works of Robert Morgan”. This exhibition represented the culmination of over 60 years worth of amazing stories encountered by Morgan.

“It was a splendid place and time! I’m sure we didn’t realize it then – doesn’t every young boy have four miles of water frontage to play about and run all over, a great expanse of water over which to adventure on, a rowing club and sailing club and our own fleet of tin canoes?”

The artist grew up by the shores of Iron Cove Bay in the western suburbs of Sydney NSW, Australia. The bay is part of the estuary system that feeds into the Parramatta River and on towards and under the harbor bridge into Port Jackson, Sydney’s Harbor. Someone was always building a watercraft on one block or another in the area – sailing dinghies and canoes – but usually something more ambitious, 30ft to 40ft ocean-going yachts, which took years to complete. Some of his earliest attempts at self motivated drawing and painting involved subjects from there.

The artist continues, “My formal art education was pursued spasmodically during the between stints on newspapers, magazines, art studios, advertising agencies etc. I attended the Julian Ashton School of Fine Art under Henry Gibbons and Sydney School of Commercial Art with William Holman.”

“The arrival in Canada had been planned with my wife, initially as the first stage of a grand tour working trip around the world. I was able to continue development through several opportune job situations in the Vancouver BC and Toronto Ont. Areas. One of these last had enabled the development of skills in design and presentation. That in turn led to taking time out to study at the Instituto Allende and to paint full time for another semester in San Miguel de Allende Gto. Mexico.”

“When we came out of Mexico to the Los Angeles area – My wife, children and myself, the painting continued anyway, through to a series of large abstract works in synthetic media. Then it became apparent that it was time to move back into regular remunerative work. There followed several years of work on architectural graphics programs, mostly of the more pragmatic kind – until, I found myself assigned to design for a project utilizing more wall space than most artists would dream of handling in a whole lifetime.”

Rob’s years of painting must have been preparation for something. As a Designer within a large professional Architectural Office, he designed the graphic walls of the secure below plaza level spaces and other large walls of a large national bank. Total wall areas were in excess of 35,000 square feet!

It seemed he was on his way, but circumstances changed again and there followed several difficult but still interesting years. During that time, outside of some unforgettable projects which included directional graphics in the Los Angeles Zoo, he designed and coordinated an ambitious extension of the exhibits for the public tour of Lawry’s California Center. On a personal level, he also developed a modular panel system for large graphic walls. Conceptual Designs for exhibits at George C. Page Museum, La Brea Tar Finds, were produced, while consulting with the Architects of that project.

Across the road was Museum Square where he was also heavily involved in the revamp form Prudential Building that it once had been. He had also picked up on his association with Electrical Advertising – Park Plaza near Palos Verdes, Alamedas Bay Harbor at Long Beach, Studio City Plaza on Ventura Blvd., and Arbor Faire in Fresno area, are some of the new or ambitious makeovers which utilized his design skills as an employee or independent consultant.

On more recent painting efforts: The artist is quoted, “Since becoming even more aware of the strong painting themes manifest along Pacific Rim coasts, the focus of my painting activity has been the development of suitable techniques to exploit that material. That and the potential interchange between developed hand skills and refined technology is what excites me!”

Bio by Robert Morgan 2013

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Photography in the LOFT

Downtown Pomona is loved by photographers. On any given day, there are photographers shooting in the alley, in front of fountains, in the middle of the train tracks, up against a brick wall or in our Loft.

With north & south facing windows, the unique light that seeps through the windows in our Loft, painting dramatic shadows across the wood floors and the vintage furniture. The soft light from our North facing windows is ideal for portraits, however the dramatic southern light makes for some fabulous artistic shots. The space is large enough to have both or simply move towards the middle of the space and set up studio lighting.

Many of the photographers utilizing the space fall in love with the furniture. Feel free to move a few things around push your shoot to tell a story.


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Standard portraiture, boudoir, fashion, editorial, children, wedding, engagement, product, and more are all welcome. Need extra lenses, dolly, glidecam, lighting or even a second camera body, IE Photo Rentals has reasonable prices and a great selection of items available to rent for your next shoot. Tell them LOFTon2nd sent you.


Photographers: Joe Adea, Mattheau Abad, JMP Artistry, Hairface, EvansEyePhotography, Arali Melendez, Jonathan Mediana, Jay Open, Eduardo Ceballos, Eric McFarland, Patrizha Va-Ra, Tammie TerVeen, Amy Salessi

Models: Bruna NessifJaslyn OmeJulissa Bermudez, TiJahnni Newton, Hector Ruiz Romo, Gracie Rose Chapman, Kai Streets, Aaron Encinas, Alexa H. with Zuri Models, Shelley Bruce, Erika Fermina, Jessica Weaver

Art Walk: Once A Girl Scout

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The Loft is pleased to present 4 distinct artists, all who happen to be Girl Scout Alumnae. Sally Egan, Nicole Frazer, Shelley Bruce, and Samantha Montag. A night to honor women of courage, confidence and character.

Troop 2974 will be on hand with Girl Scout cookies (as well as down the street), so be prepared.

MARCH 8, 2014 | 6P-10P

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Art Walk: We Journey

WE JOURNEY AD1Black History Month had its beginnings in 1926 in the United States. The LOFT is proud to celebrate the innovation, art and strength of African Americans past, present and future. For the second year, we present a very special show, We Journey.

We are honored to present new art from Photographer Trellis Evans, Painter John Lee & Metal Sculpturer Dan Romero.

They will all be displaying BRAND NEW works, telling the story of people’s journey.

6p-10p February 8, 2014

Three loved artists, unveiling brand new work, all in one night. Their art will remain up for the duration of the month (by appointment only) and most pieces will be for sale (priced for all budgets). Come out and meet the artists.


Trellis EvansTrellis Evans of EvansEyePhotography is an editorial fashion photographer working with some of Los Angeles’ most beautiful talent. Last year Trellis made a trip to Ethiopia and was privileged to bring back a beautiful array of photos that warmly share the soul of those he came in contact with. Trellis will display both works side by side, exhibiting both the contrast and similarities of cultures. Both environments instinctly beautiful, yet both uniquely diverse.

John LeeJohn Lee, a seasoned photographer, is displaying a unique flag painting that will speaks of the pain, joy and perseverance many experience throughout the journey. John studied at the Memphis College of Art and is continuing his art education at the University of La Verne. John was co-owner of the innovative TwentyMilesEast gallery in Pomona, which was instrumental in bringing legendary African-American artists from around the globe, right here on our block.

Dan RomeroDan Romero, world-renown Metal Sculpturer, will be presenting a collection of new sculptures entitled “Busting Thru!” A collection of rebardoorknobs, angst and flight. Dan’s work is featured through Europe. Recently, he worked with various artists in Germany, serving as the US Ambassador. You can find his work locally at the Sam Maalof Museum, the 2nd Street Sculpture Park and in his private studio located at the Pomona Packing Plant.

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Art Walk: Legion of Gents

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Mencius said, “A man has to live with himself; so he should see to it that he is always good company.” A celebration of the art of being a gentleman via music, video, art, spirits and fashion.

 Artists

Amanda Allphin  – Photography  |  Shane Belcher – Photography

Christian Marotta – Pencil  |  Gus Quintana  – Painting

Entertainment

Music by Dj Sulcus (Electronica, Trap, HipHop)  |  Visuals by Major Gape

Vendors

Louis Gregory – selected vintage goods  |  More TBA

WHISKEY TASTING

JANUARY 11, 2014

6P-9P Art show  |  9P-12A Lounge

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Ugly Sweater Party

UGLY SWEATER PARTY 2013Join us in celebrating this holiday season by donning your tackiest holiday sweater, tie, vest, pants, or whatever else you can think of. An award will be presented for the most horrific attire to keep as bragging rights for years to come.

DECEMBER 17 from 7PM-10PM

Bring a bottle (wine, beer, whisky, nog, or cocoa) or dessert (pie, cheesecake, fruit tarts). Hey vegan/raw friends, feel free to show off (you may even get a couple converts). Let us know if you’re swinging by via email: lofton2nd@gmail.com

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Downtown Halloween Get Down

Mosaic Pomona’s “Downtown Halloween GetDown” was a night of face painting, pumpkin carving and trick or treating around the galleries in Downtown Pomona’s Arts Colony. We opened our gallery to pass out a ton of candy and take a few family Halloween pictures, ending the night watching The Goonies in Thomas Plaza (thanks again to Mosaic Pomona).

The photos below are also on Facebook if you’d like to tag yourself HERE.

Holiday in the LOFT

HOLIDAYS IN THE LOFT

This holiday season, consider a unique space for your holiday photo shoots and parties. Don the ugly sweaters, sip some nog, toast to the new year and celebrate.

Book immediately, space is filling up fast (hint: weekdays are always more available).

HOLIDAY SPECIAL | 25% OFF WHEN BOOKED BY 11/1/13

LOFTon2nd@gmail.com

ART WALK: The Art of Movement

When many of our visitors think of ART, they may think of paintings, drawings and sculpture. Many of them think of ART as a visual item to be hung over the mantle or displayed on the coffee table. We are pleased to focus this month’s “Student Art” exhibit on the ART of Movement. This is a ONE NIGHT ONLY show and will be full of energy and life. Don’t miss it.

IanFeaturing photographer, Ian Elston, a gifted and detailed engineer who has worked with EdisonBoeingNorthrop Grumman. His eye for detail has made him a worthy candidate for capturing the meticulous facets of a moving dancer. As a distinguished graduate of the University of Southern California and the Art Institute of California – Orange County, Elston has had the honor of photographing numerous subjects, including the USC Repertory Dance Company and USC Chamber Ballet Company. He will be exhibiting a collection of images from these groups.

Screen shot 2013-04-25 at 1.07.36 PMWe are also honored to have with us, students from the renowned School of Arts and Enterprises. Auditions are being held to showcase the talents and creative movement of these exceptional High School students. Those chosen to participate will be showcasing within the LOFT during Art Walk. Come out and support these young dancers.

MarissaAlong with the Art of Movement exhibit, we are proud to present the Art of Marissa Merida. Marissa is a sophomore at the School of Arts and Enterprises and recently was honored to be chosen as Artist of the Season in Visual Arts. She will be displaying a collection of paintings and drawings. Marissa is one of our amazing interns at the LOFT and we are ecstatic to give her an opportunity to show.

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